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Sir Edmund Hillary Dies at 88


Submitted by domu888 on 2008-01-10

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It has been announced that Sir Edmund Hillary has died at the age of 88 after a short illness. The BBC reported that his health had declined since a fall during a visit to Nepal in April 2007.

Hillary, along with Nepal's Tenzing Norgay Sherpa were the first to conquer Mount Everest in 1953.

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 drclimber
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 2008-01-10
I just read, more info in the next link:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080110/ap_on_re_au_an/obit_edmund_hillary
 sky7high
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 2008-01-10
He'll always be remembered
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1702543,00.html
Here's more info, as well as a short story on their success.
 dutyje
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 2008-01-10
Pisser. Cheers, Sir, and may ye rest in peace.
 marcel
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 2008-01-10
He was my ultimate childhood hero. I heard him speak once and I felt very luck when my son got to have dinner with him once many years ago.

He was one hell of a great man!
 rockdart
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 2008-01-10
God Speed Sir.
 trevzilla
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 2008-01-10
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/world/asia/11hillary.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5087&em&en=a875e24051bcebc6&ex=1200200400

That's the article I just read. Sad. . .The climbing world has lost another hero.

One thing surprised me however. . .Did Edmund really say that he was the first on the summit in his book "view from the summit?" I haven't read it, but I was under the impression that he still hadn't said who was truly the first on the summit. I thought he was planning on taking that info to the grave with him. In my mind, he loses a lot of respect points by claiming he was first instead of sticking to the guns of him and Norgay reaching the summit as a team. Oh well.
 redsox5945
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 2008-01-11
A great climber. It's best to remember him for what he did in the hills, and for what he did for Nepal, than for his actions later on in life. As for the zilla's question, Hillary did tell a reporter that he had reached the summit first.
A sad day for mountaineering.
 jermanimal
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 2008-01-11
I heard some audio from him on the radio last night during the world news on NPR and can't find a printed exerp or quote. The summary of the quote was that...Why would we ever do something we absolutely knew could be done? We do things because we don't know if it is possible and that is what make it exceptional.

Anyway my point is, does anyone know what the exact quote was, it isn't one of the standards if you google "Edmund Hillary Quotes"
 jermanimal
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 2008-01-11
Got it....type from audio I found...

"I believe that if you set out on adventure and you are absolutely convinced you are going to be successful, why bother starting?"
 redeemed6_12
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 2008-01-11
Sir Edmund's influence goes far beyond his legendary accomplishment on Sagarmatha. May 29, 1953, gave him the opportunity to make a significant influence in the world which still lives on in every climber he inspired, Nepalese students who went to the schools he built, every person who was made well in the clinics he establish, and the diplomatic relations which he nurtured. His life will live on in me. He is the first person I have ever called "my hero."
Back to trevzilla's question...Hillary announced that he was the first on the summit only after Tenzing died.
 tb69hikeclimb
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 2008-01-12
I spent my childhood climbing tall snowbanks pretending I was him fighting to get to the top of Everest.(My short fat friend always had to be my sherpa.) Sir Ed and Tenzing Inspired me and my love of climbing and the mountains. It is always sad to lose a true hero. But once again he is looking down on everyone and inspiring another generation
 blindfrogguy
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 2008-01-13
May they rest in peace, and once again have each other on rope, to conquor mountains greater, that we shall all see one day.
 maple_local
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 2008-01-14
Cheers to a great mountaineer, pioneer for Himalayan climbing, and inspirational character. You will be missed Sir.
 scienceguy288
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 2008-01-14
Rest in peace Sir Edmund Hillary. You were an inspiration for us all and a true pioneer.
 austin.timm
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 2008-01-18
strange, i was just thinking about him the other day. wondering if he was still in good health or not... that was several days ago and must have been within a day or two of his death.

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